Hartzell returns to University of the Sciences for her seventh season as head women’s basketball coach in 2019-20.
USciences is coming off one of its most successful seasons in program history, which culminated in hosting the first NCAA Regional in the history of the University. The Devils would go on to win an NCAA Tournament game for the third year in a row, the only team in the East Region to do so.
One of two coaches in league history to win the award multiple times, Hartzell is a three-time Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) Coach of the Year (2015, 2018, 2019), as well as the 2017 Philadelphia Coaches Conference Collegiate Coach of the Year, 2018 Hero Sports Division II Women’s Basketball Coach of the Year, and 2019 Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) East Region Coach of the Year.
She has qualified for the CACC Tournament in each of her first six seasons, winning the CACC South in four of the last five years as well as back-to-back CACC Championships in 2017 and 2018.
Seven student-athletes have earned a total of 12 All-CACC honors in her tenure, with one winning CACC Player of the Year and another winning CACC Rookie of the Year.
Hartzell became the sixth head coach in program history prior to the 2013-14 season and proceeded to lead University of the Sciences to an 18-9 record, which was the best record in program history by a first-year head coach.
Her first CACC Coach of the Year award came in her second season in 2014-15, after she led USciences to its first-ever CACC South Division title. She guided the Devils to a 20-8 mark, which included a win over fifth-ranked University of Tampa. That win started a then-school record 16-game winning streak, which led to a ranking in the weekly D2SIDA Regional Poll.
A season after winning its first CACC Championship since 2006 and its first-ever NCAA Tournament game in 2016-17, USciences captured its second consecutive CACC Championship and advanced to its first-ever NCAA East Region Final and Sweet 16 after winning two NCAA Tournament games in 2017-18.
The Devils set program records for wins (30), regular season victories (25), win-streak (18), CACC victories for a 19-game schedule (17), national ranking (No. 11) and regional ranking (No. 2).
University of the Sciences then tied or bested all of those records in 2018-19, winning 30 games for the second year in a row with 26 regular season victories, 18 of which came in CACC play. The Devils had another 18-game win streak and reached as high as No. 4 in the national rankings, while also reaching No. 1 in the regional poll.
USciences also extended its streak of finishing in the top-10 of the NCAA in scoring defense, 3-pointers and free throw percentage to three years, which includes finishing first in scoring defense in 2016-17 after giving up just 53.5 points per game.
Off the court, Hartzell’s Devils have earned a spot in the WBCA Academic Top 25 in each of the last five years, notably recording the highest team grade point average amongst the 14 schools from the CACC in all five.
Hartzell joined University of the Sciences after serving as the head varsity girl’s basketball coach at Archbishop Ryan High School for five seasons, where she compiled a 78-49 record from 2008-2013. In her final season at Ryan, she guided her team to the Philadelphia Catholic League (PCL) semifinals.
Archbishop Ryan had its most successful season under Hartzell in 2009-10 when it was crowned the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) District 12 AAAA Champion and reached the PIAA State Finals. The team also qualified for the PIAA state playoffs in 2008-09, her first year as head coach, and she would go on to be named the Northeast Times Coach of the Year.
In 2011, she was named the Athletes Helping Athletes Person of the Year for going above and beyond in her leadership, dedication, and support for the special needs community.
She has continued her involvement with Athletes Helping Athletes while at USciences and has also had her team involved with organizations such as Autism Speaks, the Alzheimer’s Association, the Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and the Play 4Kay Initiative.
A four-year letter winner at Delaware Valley College from 2001-05, Hartzell earned Middle Atlantic Conference All-Academic Team honors three times, and she was named to the Lehigh Valley Small Schools All-Academic Team as a senior.
She received her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Delaware Valley College in 2005, and her Master of Business Administration from La Salle University in 2013.
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